Hi, not sure if in right ‘community’ seems most relevant.
Just looking for some advice/guidance. Had some blood tests last week, recently turned 40 so thought it would be sensible and have been feeling a bit under the weather.
GP called firstly to advise all the tests were normal and no problems. Next day another GP called to give me the ‘real’ results…. :/
Vit D slightly low.
Triglycerides at 8.3! (I’m told these should be lower than 2.3!)
Cholesterol 7.3 (didn’t break this down but I’m assuming it’s the bad kind)
GP told me I’m at risk of pancreatitis and that if I get any stomach pain I should head straight to A&E! (I have no stomach pain whatsoever)
So, I have put on weight over lockdown, who hasn’t, I don’t think I’m obese but am definitely overweight. I do have a very sedentary lifestyle and I live on carbs, I also drink a fair bit, GP has told me to cut down, I also don’t exercise.
I suppose this is a wake up call. My question really is what sort of diet would people recommend. I’ve been vegetarian (well pescatarian) for 27 years, but I’ve grabbed the comfort, fast foods especially over the past 18 months.
This past week I’ve upped my fish intake, have changed to whole grain rice, wholewheat pasta and cutting down my portion sizes, eating more veg and fruit, adding in nuts as snacks, cut out white bread, cutting out crisps, trying to cut down alcohol but this is probably my toughest thing. I haven’t started exercise yet, as I’ve also been unwell with a heavy cold but plan on doing so as soon as better.
There is a family history of heart attacks, and my brother also has a condition called FH, I was tested when he was diagnosed but my cholesterol was more normal then so I’m assuming I don’t have this and that my horrible results are as a result of almost 2 years of bad diet and lack of exercise and hoping I can turn this around.
GP was going to refer me to lipid clinic but instead has agreed to giving me 6 weeks to turn things around a little, get a further blood test and then take it from there.
Anyone been in this position and any advice, words of wisdom to share with me? Would be most grateful